MRS. BROWN
1997, Park Circus/Miramax, 103 min, UK/Ireland/USA, Dir: John Madden

Following the death of Prince Albert in 1861, a devastated Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) largely retreated from public life. In an effort to coax her back to her royal duties, one of Albert’s trusted servants, John Brown (Billy Connolly), was assigned to work for the monarch; the scandalously close relationship that ensued inspired this perceptive and witty fact-based drama. Dench’s performance as Victoria brought her Golden Globe and BAFTA awards as well as an Oscar nomination.


THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS
2017, Bleecker Street Media, 104 min, Ireland/Canada, Dir: Bharat Nalluri

Based on the book by Les Standiford, this delightful film tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Mixing real-life inspirations with his vivid imagination, Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) conjures up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today. With Jonathan Pryce.


STRONGER
2017, Roadside Attractions, 119 min, USA, Dir: David Gordon Green

Filled with raw emotion, humanity and humor, this is the inspirational real-life story of the man who became the living embodiment of “Boston Strong” following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Jeff Bauman, a 27-year-old, working-class Boston man who was at the marathon to try to win back his ex-girlfriend Erin (Tatiana Maslany). Waiting for her at the finish line when the blast occurs, he loses both his legs in the attack. After regaining consciousness in the hospital, Jeff is able to help law enforcement identify one of the bombers, but his own battle has just begun. He tackles months of physical and emotional rehabilitation with the unwavering support of Erin and his family. It is Jeff’s deeply personal account of the heroic journey that tests a family’s bond, defines a community’s pride and inspires his inner courage to overcome devastating adversity. With Miranda Richardson.


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